54. The Elephant in the Brain with Robin Hanson
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David speaks with Robin Hanson, an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and co-authored The Elephant in the Brain.

They talked about:

  • The role of self-deception in human behaviour and the thesis behind the book he co-authored, The Elephant in the Brain
  • The potential consequences and risks associated with AI, how human minds might become like artificial minds.
  • Whatโ€™s really out there in space and what the future of space exploration might look like, including ideas like the great filter and grabby aliens.
  • The concept of the sacred in human societies and how it shapes our ideas and decision-making.

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Twitter: @robinhanson

Book: The Elephant in the Brain | https://amzn.to/3m5z7yR

The Age of Em | https://amzn.to/3ZVIA9X

๐Ÿ—ฃ Mentioned in the show:

The Elephant in the Brain | https://amzn.to/3m5z7yR

The Age of Em | https://amzn.to/3ZVIA9X

Grabby Aliens | https://grabbyaliens.com/

Sadiq Khan | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadiq_Khan

Tax Career Agents | https://www.overcomingbias.com/p/testing-tax-career-agentshtml

Garrett Jones | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garett_Jones

Fermi's famous question | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_problem

The Great Filter | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Filter

The End of History and the Last Man | https://amzn.to/3Kxr86X

ร‰mile Durkheim | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ร‰mile_Durkheim

Agnes Callard | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Callard

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